The Kangaroo’s room is run by 5 enthusiastic educators and caters for children aged between 2 years 10 months to 3 years 8 months. The ratio is mixed, and the room has enough floor space to cater for 15 children.
The Kangaroo’s daily routine consists of indoor and outdoor play, group times, mealtimes, and sleep/quiet times. Nappy changes and toileting happens on a regular basis and staff work and communicate closely with families to provide a successful transition from nappies to the toilet. We support the children’s independence by encouraging handwashing before each meal and after they have been to the toilet or had their nappy changed. At mealtimes, we often encourage children to pour water from a jug into their own cups and we encourage the children to help pack up and take ownership of their own play spaces throughout the day.
We value sustainable practices in the Kangaroo’s room, and we encourage the children to recycle using the colour coded bins provided in the room. We also participate in experiences such as paper making, making tables using old boxes and bits and pieces, feeding scraps from the kitchen to the chickens, composting kitchen scraps and gardening.
At this stage the children are experimenting with their social, physical and language skills which the educators foster and assist with through planned experiences that relate back to the group program and children’s individual interests. We are dedicated to providing the children with an educational group program that incorporates a variety of experiences that facilitates curiosity, experimentation, problem solving skills and imaginative play. We encourage the parents and family’s participation to ensure children’s interests are catered for. We also run individual programs for each child, based on the child’s strengths and abilities which is planned for each term coinciding with the group program.
We offer your child a natural outdoor learning environment that we share with the Kookaburras room which allows the children to explore and enjoy their day. It consists of a grasses area, a fairy garden, a mud pit, cubby house, sand pit, bike track, vegetable garden and chickens. We encourage the children to participate in the care of the vegetable gardens and the chickens helping them to learn to care for the natural environments provided to them. We also offer a warm and nurturing indoor environment that allows the children to create imaginative play, take time for quiet play when needed, be confident in their environment and interact with their peers and educators.